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Taking the winter off

Old 10-07-11, 08:51 AM
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Taking the winter off

The fist snow is forecast for this weekend, and after two years of mandatory winter commuting (to give the girl the car), I am taking this winter off. Entirely.

Re-joined the gym and will be spinning six days week, likely out-miling you clowns Going to also focus on leg strength and core, returning April 1 to see if any of it made a difference.

You may all now commence debate on the virtues of indoor training vs. real world riding, how this post lacks HTFU, why pay gym fees (?), but most of all, how much friggin' money I will save by not being on this board, tempted by Bonktown, and putting the kibosh on what has been the summer of Upgrade-itis.

See you all next spring.





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Old 10-07-11, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by RTDub

Re-joined the gym and will be spinning six days week, likely out-miling you clowns
I like looking at the girls in spin class but other than that luxury it sucks riding indoors. HTFU.
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When we lived in Fort Collins, I had lots of fun, got lots of exercise, lost weight, and built up my legs by hiking, which I did summer and winter. In the wintertime, weekend outings were on snowshoes, but I could do a lot of lower hikes (Horsetooth Mountain Park, Greyrock Mountain, etc) with either good hiking boots or my winter boots. The moral being that you don't have to sit in a gym to get good exercise, whether you ride or not.
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i dont care about the virtues of spin class vs real world riding for fitness but spin classes bore me silly and cost money, whereas theres hardly any days here that are so cold/inclement that i wouldnt rather ride outside for a few hours than pay money to sit on a stupid stationary bike and get barked at by a fitness instructor.
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You do realize that if you take the winter off from riding all the roads, all your posts to the 41 will automatically filter into the Recreational & Family forum, right?
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Gosh I hate cleaning my bike after riding in the rain we get here in the winter. yuk!
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Originally Posted by RTDub
The fist snow is forecast for this weekend
It already snowed (enough to accumulate and be measured) at Paradise, on Mt Rainier. The snow didn't melt up there until late August.

I ride in the rain because I'm addicted to cycling. But I also hike and kayak, both of which get me exercise ( the kayak is good for upper body strength ) and satisfy my need to be outdoors.
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Originally Posted by RTDub
See you all next spring.
Have a good winter. NOAA predicts not much snow, but bitter cold.

I see no problem with spin during the winter. It beats riding in the snow/ice.
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Originally Posted by RTDub
...will be spinning six days week, likely out-miling you clowns Going to also focus on leg strength and core, returning April 1...
So the plan is to try to put in some serious mileage on something that doesn't move and then return on April Fools? You definitely belong here in the 41.
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I can ride year-round outdoors, but I'm definitely preferring the indoor training right now with the Carmichael Training System for Time-Crunched Cyclists. Short, succint,and no wasted time. Not the same as an epic outdoor ride, but in terms of steady improvement, indoors is tough to beat. Embrace the pain indoors. Makes it exciting to see how you'll do when you hit the pavement outdoors after building strength up for weeks if not months.
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The forecast is for an inch of snow at most. By 10:00 a.m. tomorrow the road will be dry. :-)
Originally Posted by RTDub
The fist snow is forecast for this weekend, and after two years of mandatory winter commuting (to give the girl the car), I am taking this winter off. Entirely.

Re-joined the gym and will be spinning six days week, likely out-miling you clowns Going to also focus on leg strength and core, returning April 1 to see if any of it made a difference.

You may all now commence debate on the virtues of indoor training vs. real world riding, how this post lacks HTFU, why pay gym fees (?), but most of all, how much friggin' money I will save by not being on this board, tempted by Bonktown, and putting the kibosh on what has been the summer of Upgrade-itis.

See you all next spring.





None of you care anyway
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Originally Posted by Hunt-man
I like looking at the girls in spin class but other than that luxury it sucks riding indoors. HTFU.
Yeah, but crashing on the ice outside and breaking body parts sucks even worse.

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Old 10-07-11, 04:49 PM
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OP: my only question is whether that means you will stop posting too.
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*first...had to after you gave me so much hell
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest
It already snowed (enough to accumulate and be measured) at Paradise, on Mt Rainier. The snow didn't melt up there until late August.

I ride in the rain because I'm addicted to cycling. But I also hike and kayak, both of which get me exercise ( the kayak is good for upper body strength ) and satisfy my need to be outdoors.
Wanna do a super HTFU ride and do Eatonville or Ashford To Paradise tomorrow?
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Old 10-07-11, 06:10 PM
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Besides spinning, winter is the time to up your deadlift and do some yoga to stretch those hamstrings.
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There are very few days that one can't commute by bike here. That said, I don't know how much good it does for race training when one is out in single digit temperatures.
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Guys! We're talking Colorado. Winter runs in spurts. It's not a chronic condition.
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Sucks, well good luck at the gym, its not going to be easy to find the motivation. Actually moving and riding point-to-point makes a huge difference when your suffering.

I just have rain to contend with here in Nor Cal. Need to get rain gear and tough it out.
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Originally Posted by RTDub
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Originally Posted by RTDub
The fist snow is forecast for this weekend, and after two years of mandatory winter commuting (to give the girl the car), I am taking this winter off. Entirely.

Re-joined the gym and will be spinning six days week, likely out-miling you clowns Going to also focus on leg strength and core, returning April 1 to see if any of it made a difference.

You may all now commence debate on the virtues of indoor training vs. real world riding, how this post lacks HTFU, why pay gym fees (?), but most of all, how much friggin' money I will save by not being on this board, tempted by Bonktown, and putting the kibosh on what has been the summer of Upgrade-itis.

See you all next spring.

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Correct. Posting in the winter may keep you inspired to go to spin classes. Posting in season is a waste of effing time.
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It's snowing and I'm going to take the SS out. That's how crazy I am.
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It's snowing and I'm going to take the SS out. That's how crazy I am.
85deg here

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